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s Visit the Snoqualmie River Valley at dawn or dusk and there’s a good chance you’ll get to witness a herd of hungry elk grazing on grasses, shrubs, and flowering plants. Emerging from the camouflage of tree cover in the spring and summer months, these ruminants fill their hungry four-chambered stomachs with large amounts...

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Although mostly gone today, railroads completely changed the face of the Snoqualmie Valley during the early 1900s. They quickly became the primary transportation network in the region, not only connecting the cities, but in a number of cases actually helping create them. So why were the railways built, and where did they go? In...

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Shootouts with bandits have become the myths of Western movies, but nearly a century ago it happened in real life in the City of Carnation, in a series of events that gripped the region for weeks. In early August 1924, a major robbery of the Snoqualmie Valley Bank (formerly Tolt State Bank) was being...

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On December 23rd, 1918 a pregnant Emma Koester slept snugly in her row house in Edgewick, just outside North Bend. What Emma didn’t know was that something was about to happen that would change her life forever. Emma was one of the only people to record the events of that fateful night—the letters that...

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The Snoqualmie Valley is no stranger to flooding. During the months of October to March, residents up and down the Valley hold their breath and watch the forecast hoping the waters will stay down. When floods do come, everyone jumps into action, moving farm equipment and animals to high ground and finding road reroutes...

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A trip to the grocery store or local farmers market gives you access to hundreds of different kinds of produce and dairy products, but it wasn’t always that easy to get fresh food. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, before paved roads or trains, a round trip from Snoqualmie Valley farms to market...

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Guest Blog by Cristy Lake, Registrar and Volunteer Coordinator for the Northwest Railway Museum People who visit our Victorian-style train depot in Snoqualmie often ask why it’s so fancy. It’s reminiscent of a depot in a much larger city, with its beautiful wood paneled gentlemen’s waiting room, lovely curved ticket office, large ladies’ waiting...

This week the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing testimony in a case (Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust et al., v. United States) that could have national consequences on rails-to-trails projects. The case is about whether the U.S. Government has a right to the land they granted to the railroads in the late 1880’s. SCOTUSBLOG has...